When contacted on phone by our reporter, the State Secretary of All Progressive Congress APC, Barr. Mohammed Liman said that he had traveled to Bida and will only respond to reporter when he is in office after returning from the trip which he couldn’t before going to the press.
SAKA BOLAJI -Minna.
The Niger State chapter of All Progressive Congress APC has removed the house of assembly majority leader Hon. Ibrahim Dandodo representing Rijau constituency to be replaced with the member representing Kontagora 1 Hon. Nura Garba.
Investigation revealed that the party in a letter to the assembly requested for the sacking of the majority leader who is to be replaced with the lawmaker from the same local government of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.
Consequently, the party leadership according to sources had earlier held a meeting with the party lawmakers in the Assembly and passed vote of no confidence on the sacked member hence the replacement was in the interest of the party.
It was reliably informed that some of the lawmakers resisted that only the house members have the powers to elect their leadership of the assembly hence they refused the removal despite the threat from the party to denied them tickets for 2019 if they refused to act accordingly just as expected show down between the said legislators and the party in the state.
Reports further revealed that the party had also threatened the seat of the speaker and deputy if they refused to honour the decision of the party to that effect and resisted on the decision of the party in the state
According to the constitution and the house of assembly standing order page 6, the Speaker and his Deputy election is the responsibility of the house members and not the party while the rules of the house gives the power to the same members to select their leaders considering the party positions of the house.